Burns working on his degree

After two years in the NFL, former UK defensive end Vincent "Sweet Pea" Burns is back in Lexington working on finishing his degree. He played for the Indianapolis Colts before a knee injury put him out indefinitely. He talked about the injury, his experience in the NFL and his plans for the future.

Question: What are you doing with yourself these days?

Burns: I'm back up here in Lexington. I thought since I am not playing, it would be a good opportunity to come back, work on my degree and get my mind and body right.

Question: I know it's probably hard to talk about, but how did you injure your knee?

Burns: It was a freak accident. We were doing bag drills and my leg got caught on the bag. I fell back and landed on my knee. I found out later that I had torn my Patella tendon.

Question: So are you rehabbing it?

Burns: Yeah, at Kentucky Burnsorts Clinic. The doc said it could take up to a year to get healthy, so I rehab and work out every day for a couple of hours. The knee's getting better, but it has been a slow process.

Question: What degree are you working on while back in school?

Burns: My major is Family Studies.

Question: How much longer do you have until you graduate?

Burns: Just two more semesters. But depending on how football plays out will determine when I will finish. If I get healthy and get picked up by a team, I will go back and play. Then I would come back to finish when I got done. If I don't get picked up, then I will stay here and finish.

Question: What was the best part of playing in the league?

Burns: I really don't have one story. It was just the whole opportunity. The opportunity to do what people dream about and rarely get the chance to do. I think every second I was there was an honor.

Question: So, now that you are back here in Lexington, did you have a chance make it out to some of the games?

Burns: Oh yeah, I've saw them play several times. You can tell that the players are buying into the system. That's why the program is on the rise. Coach Brooks has the program going in the right direction.

Question: Jeremy Jarmon is looking like you out there this year?

Burns: Yeah, he's doing a hell of a job. You can tell he understands his job. He's really focused on football and school. He's on his way to being on of the premier defensive linemen in the nation.

Question: So if you don't get another shot at the league, are you going to stay here in Lexington?

Burns: I don't know. I'll be wherever the best opportunity for me is at the time. If it's here, fine. Or if it's somewhere else, fine too.

Question: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Burns: I just hope that I stay blessed and take things one day at a time. I want to be at a place in life where I am able to take are of my kids and family.

Question: Who wins in the Music City Bowl?

Burns: Kentucky, for sure.

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